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Greetings from you State Capitol. I believe this is the nicest weather week we have had since starting January 5. I probably have jinxed the weekend weather by bragging on it.
We are continuing to discuss and pass out legislation to the Senate. We have not received many bills back from them as of yet. The senior representatives tell me the pace will pickup quickly as the session nears the final days.
These bills are what we passed this week:
HB 291 requires a window sticker to be placed on the inside front windshield of a motor vehicle to show the current registration instead of the current license plate tab.
HCS HB 840 establishes the Aerotropolis Trade Incentive and Tax Credit Act to encourage foreign trade by authorizing a gateway zone in a foreign trade zone within 50 miles of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
HB 737 allows political subdivisions to revise certain tax rates and classifies certain hydroelectric power generating equipment as tangible personal property assessed at 1% of its true value in money.
HCS HJR 3 upon voter approval affirms the right of persons to raise livestock in a humane manner without the state imposing an undue economic burden on their owners. No law criminalizing the welfare of any livestock will be valid unless based upon generally accepted scientific principles and enacted by the General Assembly.
HB 591 authorizes the Missouri Dental Board to issue a limited teaching license to a dentist employed as an instructor in an accredited dental school.
HCS HB 430 changes the laws regarding special license plates: Breast Cancer Awareness, National Rifle Association, and National Wild Turkey Federation. It also changes laws on nondriver’s licenses, municipal streets and household goods motor carrier regulations.
HCS HB 223 & 231 establishes the Nursing Education Incentive Program and authorizes a nonrenewable advanced placement grant to any recipient of financial and under the A+ Schools or Access Missouri programs.
HCS HB 255 changes the laws regarding individuals with disabilities.
HB 357 changes the laws regarding enhanced enterprise zones.
HCS HB 407 prohibits a person from preparing, issuing or requesting the issuance of a certificate of insurance form unless it has been filed with the Director of the Department of Insurance.
HB 211 prohibits the Department of Health and Senior Services from enforcing or enacting any rule or regulation relating to lead abatement that is stricter than those required by federal law.
HCS HB 697 specifies that any administrative rules filed by a state agency on or after August 28, 2011, must automatically terminate six years after its effective date.
HB 257 repeals the provisions regarding the Sentencing Advisory Commission.
HCS #2 HB 609 establishes the Show-Me Health Insurance Exchange Act.
HCS HB 464 eliminates, combines, and revises certain state boards, commissions, committees and councils and changes the laws regarding articles of incorporation by business entities.
HCS HB 300,334 & 387 establishes the Interscholastic Youth Sports Brain Injury Prevention Act.
SS SCS SB 113 & 95 changes some of the provisions included in Prop B.
It is a pleasure to represent you in state government.